Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis
SANFORD, Fla. -- Jury selection for Jacksonville attorney
Kelly Mathis wrapped up on Monday with some prospective jurors excused with
reason for not being able to sit on a trial that could last between four and
Mathis is charged with racketeering and money laundering
stemming from Operation Reveal The Deal this spring that shutdown Allied
Veterans Internet sweepstakes Cafes across the First Coast and the state.
Mathis has denied any wrongdoing and is the first
defendant to insist on a trial. Charges have been dropped against 15 other
defendants with another seven accepting plea deals.
Mathis said his role was as a legal advisor to Allied
On Tuesday, attorneys will question in depth a pool of 60
potential jurors from Central Florida to find six jurors and three alternates.
The trial is expected to start on Wednesday.
The state argues the Internet cafes were gambling
operations generating hundreds of millions in dollars with few dollars donated
All together, 57 people were arrested and charged in
Operation Reveal the Deal.
First Coast News